Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde has won his legal case against Sauber, with the Victorian Supreme Court ordering the team to field him in this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
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Van der Garde was overlooked for the 2015 season in favour of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, however the Dutchman claimed he had a valid contract to race this season.
His claim had already been backed by a Swiss tribunal.
According to the ABC, Sauber argued it would be dangerous to allow Van der Garde to race this weekend without having any prior experience in the new C34’s, which had been custom built to suit both Nasr and Ericsson.
“It would result in an unacceptable risk of physical harm or even death,” Rodney Garratt QC is quoted as saying by the ABC.
According to GPUpdate.net, Justice Croft stated that Van der Garde’s “application was successful and it will be enforced”.
Just what will happen next is unknown, as both Nasr and Ericsson are both contracted to race in the season opener this weekend.